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The Simpsons renewed for 24th and 25th seasons

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Simpsons will be broadcasting new episodes until at least 2014, which will be the show's 25th season on the air. A deal has been reached between the actors that provide the voices of the characters and Fox, the network that owns the program.

So far it's only been Fox that's issued something official but it's believed that all six principal voice actors on The Simpsons -- Dan Castanella (Homer), Julie Kavner (Marge), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Hank Azaria (Moe, Chief Wiggum, Apu) and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders) -- have taken a 30% wage cut. In the public back-and-forth that happened this week, Fox had claimed that making The Simpsons was no longer financially viable for them unless its creators and cast took a cut to their paychecks.

The Hollywood Reporter claims through a source of theirs that each of the six principal Simpsons stars earn $440,000 per episode. After the clawback, they'll be making about $300k for their voice duties.

No one's certain how much Fox makes from broadcasting new episodes of the show (which entered its' 23rd season last month.) And when you consider the bucks that Fox makes from the 200+ episodes now being shown in syndication plus merchandise rights, it's hard to imagine that The Simpsons isn't a profitable venture for the mega-corp.

However, that's not the issue. Fox can continue to make money from The Simpsons for years -- forget that, decades -- to come even if no more new episodes were ever made. While it's just speculation on my part, the actors may have agreed to take a wage reduction so that the other people making the show, its writers, producers and key management personnel -- didn't have to.

-The Hollywood Reporter.

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